May 23, 2010, 9:46 PM EDT
The Suns have gotten into a zone.
The Suns came out far more aggressive on offense– they looked like the Suns we’ve been expecting on offense. Amare Stoudemire was attacking the rim, Steve Nash was hitting rainbow jumpers, even Robin Lopez had a power dunk.
But that didn’t stop the Lakers offense in the first quarter — the Lakers put up 32 points on 58 percent shooting
But in the second quarter the Suns zone defense, which the Lakers shredded before, finally slowed the Lakers offense. Phoenix kept the ball on the perimeter and the Lakers started missing jumpers (except for Kobe Bryant, who was 9 of 14 for 19 points).
If that defense can continue to do the job in the second half, we might have a series.
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- Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle fined $25K for publicly criticizing officials after Game 3 loss to Rockets 5
- PBT Extra: Stephen Curry starting to have his defining playoff moments 8
- Behind 32 points from Kawhi Leonard, Spurs rout Clippers to take 2-1 series lead 13
- The Truth (and Marcin Gortat) will set Washington free, up 3-0 on Toronto after win 7
- James Harden scores 42 points to lead Rockets to Game 3 win, 3-0 series lead over Mavericks 17
- Why can’t the Pelicans foul in a timely manner? 7
- PBT Extra: No Rajon Rondo, no Chandler Parsons, Dallas is in trouble vs. Houston 6